Since its launch, the York 10K has grown into one of Yorkshire’s biggest charity road races and is often hailed as one of the most beautiful city runs in the UK offering runners a rare opportunity to run through the historic city of York.
The 10K route starts on Knavesmire Road, alongside York’s grand Racecourse, and goes onto celebrate the city’s many historic landmarks including Clifford’s Tower and the minster before finishing back on Knavesmire Road.
Over the years a total of more than 50,000 people have entered the run, raising over £2.5m for a host of charitable causes both big and small.
The event has provided countless memories for runners and spectators alike, with 2010 turning out to be particularly memorable for schoolboy Oscar Bygott, whose footballing hero Sir Geoff Hurst started the race. Oscar, who had gone along to support his mum, Sarah, managed to meet Sir Geoff and got the hat-trick hero of the 1966 World Cup final to sign his football.
Some of the biggest cheers are always reserved for the youngsters aged between three and 14 taking part in the Arena Group York Mini and Junior Run which will also take place on Sunday 5th August. At the finish the youngsters are rewarded with a jam-packed goody bag and shiny finishers medal.
The York 10K and Mini and Junior Run form part of the legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson, who raised £1.85m for charity by tackling a series of gruelling endurance challenges despite battling cancer. That spirit and determination is reflected in the thousands of runners of all abilities who take part each year to raise funds for causes close to their hearts.
Tristan Batley-Kyle, Head of Events at organisers Run For All, said: “It has been wonderful to see the York 10K grow into the hugely popular event that it is today. We are enormously grateful to everyone – runners, spectators and volunteers – who contribute so much to its success.
“Some people run in memory of loved ones, to overcome a personal challenge, to support their favourite charity or for a PB. Whatever their reason for running, it is always inspiring to see so many people willing to take on the challenge.”
Entries are still available for the York 10K and York Mini and Junior run at www.runforall.com. Entries close 5pm Thursday 2nd August.